Frequently Asked Questions

What is organ transplantation?

Organ transplantation means the removal of an organ from one body and its resiting in another body. Some organs can either be taken from a living person (LIVING DONOR), or from a patient who has died in hospital from some other cause (CADAVER DONOR). The deceased person has usually carried a Donor Card.

Are all organs suitable for transplantation?

In general organs are suitable for transplantation if the person dies between the ages of 1 and 75 years. It is desirable that the person is free of significant and relevant general disease such as cancer, serious high blood pressure or, of course, any organ disease.

How do religious groups feel about organ transplantation?

Leaders of all Christian and Jewish communities support organ donation as the greatest gift man can give to man. Hindu and Sikh have no objections either.This will not necessarily prevent use of the organs for transplantation. Donor organs can be preserved for sufficient time for them to be transported to the transplantation centre.

How can I become a donor after my death?

Simply sign a Donor Card and request your next of kin to sign it also indicating their willingness to honour your wishes. You may choose which organs you wish to donate. CARRY YOUR CARD WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES, so that in event of sudden untimely death you wishes become known immediately. Organs are only taken from those who die in hospital, usually following admission in an emergency.

Do I need any medical test before signing a card?

No. But only entirely healthy organs are acceptable for transplantation.

How are the donor organs removed?

Donation is carried out in the hospital in which the patient dies. After the death of the donor, the organs are removed in an operating theatre, with precisely the same care as in any other surgical procedure.

What happens to a donor's remains after organs have been removed?

Removal of organs and/or tissues authorised by a donor will not interfere with customary funeral or burial arrangements. These remain in the responsibality of relatives or persons in charge of estate.

What if I change my mind after filling in the card?

Inform your family and tear up your card. You can apply for a Donor Card by contacting: The Irish Kidney Association
Donor House
Block 43A Parkwest
Dublin 12.
T : +353-1-6689788
F : +353-1-6689789
Or contact usat the C F Association of Ireland

The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland would like to thank the Irish Donor Network for providing the above information

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The Irish Kidney Association
Donor House
Block 43A Parkwest
Dublin 12.